The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

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I think there is not in the world either malice or
matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
comfort of your young prince Mamillius: it is a
gentleman of the greatest promise that ever came
35into my note.
I don’t think there is anything in the world that can shake their friendship. And you have an indescribable comfort in the young prince Mamillius. He has the greatest potential of any young gentleman I’ve ever seen.
I very well agree with you in the hopes of him: it
is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the
subject, makes old hearts fresh: they that went on
crutches ere he was born desire yet their life to
40see him a man.
I agree with you regarding his potential. He is a noble child, and he is like a medicine for his subjects. The old feel young, and those who were crippled even before he was born now hope to live long enough to see him grow into a man.
Would they else be content to die?
Would they otherwise want to die?
Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should
desire to live.
Yes, if they didn’t have any other reason for them to want to live.
If the king had no son, they would desire to live
45on crutches till he had one.
If the king didn’t have a son, they would want to live as cripples until he had one.
They exit.

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